Playoff Streaks, Over/Under .500 Streaks
|Now that the 2006 MLS season is over, we can look again at how MLS teams stack up when looking at the USA's longest playoff streaks. What's changed since the last time I compiled this (April)? This list is limited to the top 4 leagues, plus MLS and the WNBA.|
The Red Wings are leaders after the St. Louis Blues missed out last year. The Los Angeles Galaxy's 10 year streak, good for fifth place, has ended. That leaves the Rapids and Revs tied for the best in MLS. The Atlanta Braves 14 year run is also over. As for the next casualties, the Flyers and Senators will need to recover from poor starts.
The NFL's top team is the Indianapolis Colts with 4 years in a row.
Of course, making the playoffs isn't always an indication of a good team, thanks to every league other than MLB/NFL allowing a ton of teams to make the playoffs. So here's another, possibly more prestigious list of years in a row over .500:
Over .500 Streaks
Here's where the baseball teams get their dues. The 1994 strike season is counted here, although it wasn't in the playoff streak list above.
MLS' top team is DC United, with only 3 seasons in a row over .500. The NFL leader is the New England Patriots with 5 straight, same as WNBA leader the Seattle Storm with 5.
Under .500 Streaks
This is my personal favorite category, where you can see all the laughingstocks in one nice organized list. I guess we can include the Knicks in that category now.
Since there are a lot of baseball teams on the over .500 list, it's only fitting that MLB teams dominate this list as well. The Tigers managed to have a good year for once; previously they were tied for second with Golden State. The Milwaukee Brewers would be tied for first, but in 2005 they finished 81-81. Which makes it a lot less exciting for Brewers fans. At least they had something interesting about their team.
The top teams in MLS are the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake with 2 years in a row.